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Taking Care of Bulldogs

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Taking care of bulldogs may look complicated since they may require a lot of attention, time and care. But when you know how to do it, you will surely have a healthy and adorable bulldog puppy.

First and foremost you, like other puppies, have to feed your bulldog regularly. Feeding him at least three to four times a day is recommended. The appetite of the bulldog puppy will determine whether if you need to leave him food out at all times. As for example, if your puppy is a picky eater, it is recommended to leave the food out but if it is the other way around, feed him at four separate times. It is also a good idea to stick with the same type of dog food; otherwise your puppy may get sick from eating different kinds of dog food. It is always best to ask your veterinarian about the best food and diet to give your puppy.

Clean your puppy’s wrinkles regularly. Bulldogs are known for their wrinkled faces. Make sure that they are cleaned and groomed at all times. Younger bulldog’s wrinkles are not as deep as those on adult bulldogs, but they still need to be cleaned several times a week to avoid infection. When bathing them, use mild dog shampoo to wipe through the wrinkles and wash away the dirt from it. When drying, gently wipe the wrinkles using a soft towel. Dabbing an amount of petroleum jelly on the wrinkles can keep it away from moisture.

Bathing doesn’t need to be done every day but you should wash them at least four to five times a year. This should be good enough since bulldogs possesses oils needed for their skin and bathing can help wash away these oils. Brushing the bulldog’s coat daily can also keep them clean. If your pup is younger, you may need to bathe him daily with mild puppy shampoo to prevent fleas. If your puppy has some, they will surely scratch a lot and too much scratching may cause fungus spots and infections on his skin. This may lead to scabbing and your puppy will need to be treated. Have his veterinarian recommend a cleaning solution to help get rid of these spots. REMEMBER: Fleas are more difficult to deal with for puppies compared to older dogs. Most solutions may require your puppy to be at least six months old for application. Prevention is always better than cure so make your home flea-free for your bulldog by replacing his beddings regularly.

You also need to give attention to your bulldog puppy’s tail and eyes. Their eyes can get irritated easily and may turn red on windy days. As the bulldog grows into adulthood, the crease will become deeper. It is best to get the puppy used to such grooming techniques before she becomes an adult.

Lastly take your puppy for a veterinarian check-up. Choose the one who loves and understands bulldogs to make sure that your puppy will receive the best treatment he deserved. Keep his vaccine shots up to date.

Bulldogs are prone to conditions like arthritis, bloating/gastric torsion and hip dysplasia. An annual blood test can determine the possibility of him being affected by these conditions. This test can also detect if your puppy has an enlarged heart, which many bulldogs tend to have. If your veterinarian knows a lot about bulldogs, he will know what to look for and what to do if your bulldog puppy has any of these problems.

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